Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes
6:50 AM, Monday April 18th 2022
Hello and congrats on completing lesson one. My name is Rob and I'm a teaching assistant for Drawabox who will be handling your lesson one critique. Starting with your superimposed lines these are off to a fine start. You are keeping a clearly defined starting point with all of your wavering at the opposite end. Your ghosted lines and planes turned out well. You are using the ghosting method to good effect to get confident linework with a pretty decent deal of accuracy that will get better and better with practice.
Your tables of ellipses are coming along well. You are doing a good job drawing through your ellipses and focusing on a consistent smooth ellipse shape. This is carried over nicely into your ellipses in planes although you are deforming some of your ellipses at times. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/13/deformed This is likely happening because you are too worried about accuracy and are probably slowing down your stroke to compensate. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory of the motion you build up while ghosting and almost make your mark without thinking. This will be less accurate at first. Although accuracy is our end goal it can't really be forced and tends to come through mileage and consistent practice more than anything. Your ellipses in funnels are having the same issues and another thing you could have done with these is start with a narrower degree ellipse in the center and then widen the degrees of the ellipses as they move outwards in the funnel. Please check the example here. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/14/step3 This helps with practicing different degrees of ellipses. There is plenty of room for improvement when it comes to your ellipses both in terms of overall consistency of shape and accuracy so make sure you keep practicing these in your warmups as they can take a while to get used to.
The plotted perspective looks great, nothing to mention here. Your rough perspective exercises turned out pretty good. You are getting mostly confident linework here along with a slight bit of wobble creeping back into some of your lines. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/9/wobbling This is probably happening because you are more concerned with accuracy now that you are constructing boxes and you are slowing down your stroke to compensate. That hesitation because of your concern for accuracy while making your mark is what is reintroducing the wobble into your lines. Try and rely a bit more on the muscle memory you build up while ghosting your mark and almost make your mark without thinking. This will be less accurate at first but will give you consistently smooth and confident linework which is our first priority. Accuracy will come with mileage and can't really be forced. You are doing a good job extending the lines back on your boxes to check your work. As you can see some of your perspective estimations were quite off but that will become more intuitive with practice. One thing that can help you a bit when doing a one point perspective exercise like this is to realize that all of your horizontal lines should be parallel to the horizon line and all of your verticals should be perpendicular(straight up and down in this case) to the horizon line. This will help you avoid some of the slanting lines you have in your constructions.
Your rotated box exercise turned out decently. I like that you drew this nice and big as that really helps when dealing with complex spatial problems. You also did a good job drawing through your boxes and keeping your gaps narrow and consistent. You are running into a pretty common issue of not actually rotating your boxes but instead simply drawing them moving back in perspective. https://drawabox.com/lesson/1/17/notrotating Obviously you are still struggling a bit with the rotations for this exercise which is perfectly fine given the difficulty. This is a great exercise to come back to after a few lessons to see how much your spatial thinking ability has improved. Your organic perspective exercises are looking pretty good. You seem to be getting comfortable using the ghosting method and drawing from your shoulder for confident linework which is great. Your box constructions are fairly for the most part although you do seem to rely pretty heavily on parallel lines for a lot of these box constructions which is even leading to some weird divergences in plances. Your sense of box lines neededing to converge to vp's seemed to strengthen as you worked through this exercise but there is plenty of room for improvement so the 250 box challenge will be a great next step for you.
Overall this was a solid submission that showed a nice deal of growth. Your line confidence and ellipses are both coming along nicely. I think you are understanding most of the concepts these lessons are trying to convey quite well. I'm going to mark this as complete and good luck with the 250 box challenge. Keep up the good work!
The 250 Box Challenge
Rob, hi! Thank you so much for such a detailed and thorough review, it is both very helpful and inspiring! Seeing recognition of my growth is very important and gives me the strength to move forward. It's hard for me to see improvements in my lines without looking at my work from the outside.
I will definitely take into account your comments and will keep in mind the priority of confidence over accuracy. I would like to work on the ellipse problems, can I send the redone work here or along with the next task - the 250 box challenge?
Homework submissions do need to be limited to the specific lesson or challenge that is being submitted, and in order to offer the feedback as cheaply as we do, we cannot handle the workload that would be involved in one-off exercise submissions. It's for that reason that we assign revisions only when we feel they are necessary for the student to demonstrate their own understanding of what they should be aiming for, and do not allow students to make that choice for themselves.
If you need feedback on individual exercises afterwards, I'd recommend making use of our community discord chat server. It's quite active, and has channels for each lesson.